True Crime

To Catch a Serial Killer

6 EPISODES | JACPOD |  Podcast, ±24 min episode every 4 days
It was the early 90s and a South African serial killer was on the loose. On a rampage of rape and murder, he sent a Johannesburg suburb of women running for cover. In a deadly game of cat and mouse, investigative journalist Janine Lazarus was used by the police as a decoy to trap ‘The Norwood serial killer’.
If we’re to believe that journalists should shape the news – not make it – Lazarus broke just about every rule in newsroom ethics as she became increasingly obsessed with Kobus Geldenhuys.
‘To Catch a Serial Killer’ is the official companion podcast series to the true crime memoir by Lazarus: 'BAIT To Catch a Killer'.
This five-part series is an original JacPod production - featuring Lazarus; Jacaranda FM news editor Marius van der Walt, and various guest contributors - and it explores central themes in the book.

True Crime South Africa

128 EPISODES | TIMESLIVE PODCASTS |  Podcast, ±48 min episode every 1 week
True Crime South Africa is the first victim-focused true-crime podcast in the country.

Host, Nicole Engelbrecht, researches each case herself using media coverage, trial footage, social media sources and often by talking to some of the individuals involved. Using her skills as a creative writer and her passion for true crime, she crafts each script to ensure that listeners are given a deep dive into the case mechanics as well as an understanding of the victims as human beings.

The podcast covers both solved and unsolved South African true crime cases. The unsolved cases are often cold cases which can benefit from awareness being brought to them. This concept has been used in the US for many years and to great success. The listenership formed around true crime podcasts becomes a community that advocates for victims and resolution for families. South African victims now have their own voice too.

True Crime South Africa publishes weekly, alternating between full-length case episodes and shorter minisodes which discuss true crime cases that are currently in the media. The podcast launched on the 22nd of June 2019 and is making waves in the South African podcast community. On the True Crime South Africa social media pages, South African true crime fans finally have a place to call home where they can express their views on cases and discuss the details with like-minded people.

True Crime South Africa is published in conjunction with Arena Holdings, publishers of TimesLIVE, BusinessLIVE, and SowetanLIVE. 

Keywords: crime, true crime, murder, abduction, South Africa, police, law and order

Wicked Crimes South Africa

14 EPISODES | WICKED PODCASTS |  Podcast, ±39 min episode every 2 weeks, 1 day
Wicked Crimes South Africa is a true crime podcast that focuses on South African crimes with a connection to the occult, or a supernatural twist.

This podcast is hosted by Jan Bence, that researches the cases to the absolute possible extend, using media reports, actual official documents, and sometimes even psychic's willing to help out in cases.

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